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Whatever Our Circumstances, We Can Be a Blessing!

Sharing God’s story can sometimes feel daunting.
What we often forget that God is always ahead of us preparing the way

The Bible reminds us that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). This is what Jade Wong discovered in her journey of sharing God’s love.

God Leads the Way

The journey began with circumstances that are far from ideal. “It all started with the back pain I had for two years. It was very painful,” Jade shared. After many attempts at dealing with the pain, she finally decided to go through a four-hour orthopedic surgery.

Initially, she was apprehensive about it. But God assured her with His promise in Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

With this encouragement from God, she went on to arrange for an operation. But finding a doctor and setting a date weren’t so straightforward. There were unexpected changes here and there. With all these twists and turns, she sensed that God had something in store.

A Divine Appointment

Despite going in for a fairly major surgery, Jade prayed for a divine appointment to be a blessing to someone. Indeed, God had prepared one. During her hospitalisation, Jade met a nurse who took great care of her. Evelyn (not her real name) is a foreigner in Singapore. She and her husband live here without any family or relatives. Aside from her colleagues, she didn’t have anyone who was really close to her.

“You can treat me as a sister,” Jade offered Evelyn. This started a friendship between them during the post-surgery recovery in the hospital. Evelyn shared how lonely she was being away from home. And with Covid-19, she was worried about her mum whom she hasn’t seen for two years.

On Jade’s last day in the hospital, Evelyn was meant to be on leave, but decided to come to the hospital anyway without really knowing why. Jade saw it as an opportunity to be a blessing and offered to pray for her.

Evelyn was hesitant since she was not a Christian. Jade assured her that she was only praying a blessing over her, and not converting her, so Evelyn agreed. Through the prayer, Jade shared about God’s love and story in her life — how God has blessed her, given her salvation through Jesus, and has been her source of help — and prayed that Evelyn would receive these blessings too. She went on to pray for Evelyn’s husband and family as well. Evelyn ended up in tears. She shared that she experienced such peace and rest while being prayed for. Evelyn herself also marvelled at how she was meant to be on leave that day, but came anyway and experienced an unexpected blessing.

Be a Blessing

Until this day, Jade and Evelyn continue to keep in touch. Evelyn recently went on an operation herself. She was very grateful for the support and prayers that Jade has been sending through WhatsApp.

How can we be blessings too? It doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple conversation can be a source of comfort. A simple prayer can be a testimony of God’s love. A simple text message can bring hope.

It is a privilege to share God’s love and story because it brings blessings to others. God has prepared the way, we just have to follow His leading!

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
Psalm 146
Thu, 26 May 2022

The Champion of Justice

Observation:

What are the things that the Lord does, for which the Psalmist greatly praises Him?

Deeper Reflection
GOD KEEPS FAITH FOREVER; HE FULFILS ALL HIS PROMISES (v.6b). Therefore, people everywhere can put their trust in God, look to Him for help, and always hope in Him (vv.3-6). It is futile to put our trust in other people − even those with earthly power and authority. They cannot ultimately deliver us (v.3), because they are transient (v.4). We should instead trust in God the Creator of the universe, because He is eternal (v.6).God does justice! He is the Champion of justice! Verses 7 to 9 tell us clearly that God’s heart beats with compassion for “the oppressed”, “the hungry”, “the prisoners”, “the blind”, “those who are bowed down”, “the righteous”, “the sojourners”, “the widow” and “the fatherless”. Therefore, God executes justice on their behalf, feeds them, sets them free from captivity and bondage, gives them sight, lifts them up from depression and despondency, shows them His love, watches over and protects them, and supports and defends them. God cares deeply for the weak, the poor, the powerless, the ill-treated, the hopeless, the disabled, the burdened, the trapped, the minorities, the destitute and the defenceless. God acts directly as well as through His agents to help them. Of all people, God’s people are to be His faithful representatives in their society and in the world!Brothers and sisters, do our hearts beat likewise for such people? What have we done to help and support the poor and needy in our land? Will we both pray for them and take decisive action on their behalf? What will you begin to do or continue doing in order to serve them?
Application:

How can I reflect God’s heart and His ways to society and indeed the world?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for Outreach/Missions/New Life leaders: To reflect God’s heart and His ways to our society and the Asian nations
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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